Domestic violence and custody/visitation: Exploring young adult women's perceptions of their childhood experiences
This narrative study explores meaning made by 12 adult women, aged 18 to 27, of their physical abuse between parents, subsequent custody/visitation court processes, and the relationships after court disposition. Utilizing a feminist approach, the young women were interviewed in-depth, semi-structured. The participants offer insight into the impact this witnessing had on them as a child, and has on their current worldview. Recommendations are offered by the participants for services to children as well as to the court process. The findings highlight the detrimental impact that witnessing parent’s verbal abuse has on children, including creating a toxic environment that has a lasting impact. Additionally, an alternative, collaborative format to address custody disputes must be explored.
Gender, Youth & families
Kiesel, Eleanor M., "Domestic violence and custody/visitation: Exploring young adult women's perceptions of their childhood experiences" (2015). College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. 12.